COVID-19 and accounting as multidimensional technical, social and moral practice: a framework for future research

Garry D. Carnegie, Delfina Gomes, Karen McBride

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Abstract

Purpose – This article focuses on providing an understanding of the importance and relevance of a proposed new definition of accounting to reset, inform and develop accounting education, professional practice and research, from tomorrow, for the purpose of shaping a better world. In the process of setting an agenda, we outline, discuss, and analyse the eight articles which follow depicting complementary and insightful scenarios during COVID-19.

Design/methodology/approach – This study applies an original informing framework for discussion and analysis purposes, described as Framework of the Multidimensional Nature of Accounting. The proposed, multidimensional definition is “Accounting is a technical, social and moral practice concerned with the sustainable utilisation of resources and proper accountability to stakeholders to enable the flourishing of organisations, people and nature” (2021a, p. 69, 2021b).

Findings – Accounting is conceived, understood and examined in the research
portrayed as a combined technical, social and moral practice concerned with shaping a better world to enable the flourishing of organisations, people and nature. To the contrary, accounting is not recognised as a mere neutral, benign, technical practice.

Research limitations/implications – While this article examines the other articles, there is no substitute for carefully reading, and reflecting on, all the articles published. Importantly, each contribution provides unique and comprehensive insights on accounting during the initial global pandemic period.

Originality/value – Accounting is studied in different organisational and social contexts against the backdrop of a global pandemic, among other “wicked problems” worldwide.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-26
JournalMeditari Accountancy Research
Volume31
Issue number1
Early online date3 Jan 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2023

Keywords

  • accounting
  • COVID-19
  • education
  • professional practice
  • research
  • technical, social and moral practice

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